HTC Sensation XL review: A stunner with Beats Audio
Right off the rack, the first thing that will make you notice the HTC Sensation XL is its size- well; a humungous 4.7-inches display size puts it second only to the Samsung Galaxy Note. Both of these handsets have charmed us like anything. The next thing that is worth noticing is how similar it looks to HTC’s global Windows handset – the Titan. Some people even say that the HTC Sensation XL is an Android version of the Titan.
In our opinion, the Sensation XL draws not upon the Titan, but rather upon the original Sensation handset. It is kind of a big brother to the Sensation. All said and done, HTC has put in some tweaks to the handset besides the screen size. They have pumped up the processor to 1.5 GHz and the RAM is 768 MB. The handset currently runs the Android Gingerbread (beautifully), but is entitled to receive an ICS update soon. The handset also has a powerful 8-megapixel snapper and 1600 mAh battery, but the star undoubtedly is its Beats headphones which were pretty exciting to use too.
But, we aren’t spilling the beans so soon. Here, catch our full outlook on the HTC Sensation XL.
The form factor, unlike the Sensation which has more of an Aluminum feel to it is a mix of plastic and metal. Although big and slightly thick (9.9mm), the handset is quite easy to hold because of its curved edges.
When it comes to the look and feel, the screen ultimately takes precedence over everything else. It is an S-LCD with WVGA display, which means its not Super AMOLED or qHD, which are considered superior. But the display density -199 pi and the viewing angles more than make up for what is lacking in the screen. Add to that, Sense 3.5 is also attributed to making the 400 x 800p screen work out great with a contrast of 1000:1, which is more than impressive. But, we hate to say it, that the reflective display completely gives up in daylight.
Features and Interface
The battery life is good right now, but the real test will come once the handset upgrades to Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
You can get yourself a HTC Sensation XL at around Rs. 35,000.
- Fast processor
- Sense UI
- Beats headphones
- No MicroSD slot
- Disappointing HTC Sync
- Out-of the-world price tag